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AV Rant #642: We Got Bits on Bits, Baby!

May 10th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Adam for his donation, and our 80 Patreon Patrons.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmB4bTyp

In the news:
– Netflix announced high-quality audio: https://media.netflix.com/en/company-blog/bringing-studio-quality-sound-to-netflix
– Samsung is launching The Sero, a vertical TV: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1556546165

– David F. thinks Software Defined Radio could solve gaming controller wireless range issues.- Billy updates us on his subwoofer choice.- @GraphiKungFusion on Instagram made a custom artwork wrap for his SVS PC-2000.

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AV Rant #641: AV Common Knowledge

May 3rd, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 79 Patreon Patrons, as well as Johnny D. who talked us up to RBH and Accessories4Less when he bought EP-SB earphones and a Denon X3400H, and Martin D. who’s also a fan of The Expanse and let Tom know season 4 is coming this summer on Amazon Prime Video.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmD6udf3

In the news: 
– JBL has released their Stage Series of entry-level speakers: https://www.jbl.com/stage-series.html
– Aperion Audio announced their mid-tier NOVUS Series speakers: https://www.aperionaudio.com/pages/novus

– Jeremy Porter from Porter Edwards | Austin HiFi shared a sneak peak of their first speaker: https://www.porteredwards.com/
– Graham C. let us know about Gizmodo’s take on last weekend’s Game of Thrones episode looking too dark: https://gizmodo.com/a-theory-about-why-last-nights-game-of-thrones-was-too-1834379081

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AV Rant #640: Pentacle Of Advice

April 26th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Jacob for his donation, our 80 Patreon Patrons, including Jeremy, as well as Monty for talking us up to Accessories4Less, Ascend, and SVS, and Christian L. for offering his audio editing expertise.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmxBRE8Q

In the news:
– details about the PlayStation 5: https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive-sony-next-gen-console/
– Logitech launches the Harmony Express remote, Hub, and app: https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/harmony-express?crid=60https://www.cnet.com/news/logitech-harmony-express-builds-in-alexa-to-simplify-tv-systems-for-250/
– Amazon and Google will finally allow Prime Video and YouTube on each other’s devices: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1555647579
– Netflix beta tests a shuffle mode: https://gizmodo.com/netflix-is-testing-a-feature-to-serve-up-random-episode-1834182934
– Karl shared AVS Forum’s IMAX Enhanced Guide: https://www.avsforum.com/imax-product-guide/
– Joseph used a Dymo Rhino 5200 label maker to print speaker labels on heat shrink tubing: http://www.dymo.com/en-US/rhino-industrial-5200-label-maker
– Jay Edward, welcome to our current episodes if you’ve caught up!

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AV Rant #639: HYPE!

April 19th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 79 Patreon Patrons. Visit http://www.avrant.com/ and click on the cup of coffee if you’d like to donate via PayPal.

Our thanks to Lee Overstreet for pinch hitting last week as our guest co-host.

Pictures show in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCuQURV

In the news: All the details about Disney+. And you can finally change your Sony PSN ID, although not without many potential consequences.
– https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1555048013
– https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/every-disney-marvel-tv-show-in-development.html
– https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/10/sony-allows-psn-online-id-change/
– https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/12/sony-automatically-replaces-offensive-psn-ids/

Rob F. warns that even Certified Premium HDMI cables with the hologram sticker aren’t necessarily all equal. And Nick B. thought we’d get a kick our of an AVS Forum member’s 13.4.12 Atmos/DTS:X/Auro-3D setup:
– https://www.avsforum.com/forum/29-what-s-your-system-configuration/2321785-my-11-4-12-franken-atmos-living-room.html

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AV Rant #638: Null Hypothesis Speakers

April 15th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Bryan W. for his donation and for being one of our 82 Patreon Patrons, as well as Keith for talking us up to Accessories4Less, and Jeremy Porter of Porter Edwards | Austin Hi-Fi Speakers who will donate $5 for each person who mentions AVRant to him at the Porter Acoustics booth at Axpona 2019: http://www.axpona.com/ .

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCGP76j

Tom is away this week, so our thanks to Lee Overstreet for pinchhitting as our co-host once again!

In the news, SVS launched their Prime Pinnacle Tower speakers: https://www.svsound.com/products/prime-pinnacle . Via Karl, THX announced their THX Ultimate Cinema: https://www.thx.com/blog/thx-launches-worlds-first-thx-ultimate-cinema-at-regency-westwood-village-theater/ . It’s THX’ own Premium Large Format, so it will require specifically mastered content: https://advanced-television.com/2019/04/02/thx-and-barco-taking-cinema-to-next-level/ . Sony Digital Cinema is Sony’s proprietary PLF: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/sony-launches-branded-premium-large-format-theater-system-1186263 . Netflix no longer works with AirPlay: https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/06/netflix-abruptly-loses-support-for-apple-airplay/ . And Epson released their 5050UB projector: https://news.epson.com/news/4k-diy-home-theater-projectors ; https://www.avsforum.com/epson-home-cinema-5050ub-4k-pro-uhd-hdr-projector-review/ .

Lee V. says Apple TV+ content is highly controlled by Apple to keep it family friendly. Karl R. noticed the Dolby Institute offers Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos creation tutorials: https://www.dolby.com/us/en/professional/content-creation/tutorial-series.html . Kris P. says Xbox One X can play YouTube HDR videos as long as you use something other than the official YouTube app, and he wants more people to sign up to be Microsoft Edge Insiders: https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/ . And Mike S. updates us on his seating riser and soundproofing efforts.

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